Daily World News Digest, 11 December 2018

Accounting for the Missing Is an Investment in Peace

On the occasion of International Human Rights Day, Die Tageszeitung in Berlin has published an op-ed by International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) Director-General Kathryne Bomberger focusing on the crucial role of accounting for the missing as part of a future peace settlement in Syria. The article appeared in conjunction with a Profiles of the Missing event organized by ICMP in Berlin on Monday with the support of the European Union. (original article in German) https://bit.ly/2SA5HEo

Enforced disappearances in Balochistan

On Human Rights Day, activists held a series of activities in Europe, the US and Canada to highlight the issue of enforced disappearances in Balochistan, the Business Standard reports. https://bit.ly/2UFx0zg

Kenya: NGOs urge action on enforced disappearances

On Human Rights Day, organizations in Kenya, including the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) and Amnesty International-Kenya, highlighted the issue of extra-judicial killings and enforced disappearances, Standard Digital reports. https://bit.ly/2Ef0yxD

Kashmir: protest against enforced disappearances

On Human Rights Day, the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) held a silent protest, Dariya News from India reports. APDP Chairperson Parveena Ahangar said that despite being a signatory to international conventions against human rights violations, India has not acted to deliver justice to families whose loved ones have been subjected to enforced disappearance. https://bit.ly/2SFL0XH

Refugees forcibly removed from ship in Libya

A statement from Doctors Without Borders (MSF) says that more than 90 migrants, rescued in the central Mediterranean in November, are still being held in Libya after they wereforced to disembark by Libyan security forces in Misrata. MSF has urged the UN to do more to protect refugees and migrants trapped in Libya. https://bit.ly/2G9JKee

UNHCR and Libyan authorities evacuate 133 refugees from Libya to Niger

According to the Info Migrants web portal, the UN refugee agency and Libyan authorities have evacuated a first group of refugees from Libya to Niger. The UNHCR said in a statement that with some 4,900 refugees and migrants being held at detention centers across Libya, including 3,600 in need of international protection, the operation is ”a fundamental alternative to detention for the most vulnerable.” https://bit.ly/2C45S5G

More than 100 detained by Chinese police

The New York Times reports that one of China’s most prominent Protestant pastors, along with more than 100 members of his independent congregation, has been detained, as part of what the paper describes as a crackdown on independent religious activity. https://nyti.ms/2ROlcJ5


Items in the Daily World News Digest are summaries of published reports relevant to the issue of missing persons, compiled by ICMP staff. These items do not necessarily reflect the position of ICMP.